The Cycling Podcast + Rapha

Recorded and released after every stage of a Grand Tour, the Cycling Podcast is a 30-minute show providing insight, analysis and commentary on that day’s action - straight from the roadside. Presented in association with Rapha by award-winning authors, journalists and publishers Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie, and Daniel Friebe, the Cycling Podcast is the best way to get inside the peloton.


The Cycling Podcast + Rapha Collection


The Cycling Podcast regularly celebrates professional riders who embody the spirit of cycling’s original ‘Pédaleur de Charme’ Hugo Koblet. The former Swiss pro was renowned as much for his riding prowess as his immaculate appearance – his jerseys had special pockets sewn in to fit a comb, a bottle of eau de cologne and a sponge – and has been immortalised by illustrator Matt Blease in a special edition collection by Rapha, our own chapeau to charming pedalling.

Latest Episodes

Stage 21: Montgeron / Paris Champs-Élysées

The Cycling Podcast’s coverage of the 2017 Tour de France concludes with Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau picking their individual highlights of the race.

Stage 20: Marseille / Marseille

The 20th stage of the Tour de France was the long-awaited time trial in Marseille, starting and finishing in the Stade Velodrome, home of Olympique Marseille.

Stage 19: Embrun / Salon-de-Provence

After the Alps and before the time trial in Marseille, the Tour de France had a long transitional stage into the heart of Provence. Had the wind blown it might have been a very interesting day but as it turned out it was the first stage of the race when the breakaway riders had a chance to fight it out among themselves.


Stage 18: Briançon / Col d’Izoard

In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau are joined by Orla Chennaoui to discuss the 18th stage from Briançon to the Col d’izzard.

Stage 17: La Mure / Serre-Chevalier

In this episode of The Cycling Podcast from the Tour de France, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau report on stage 17, which saw the race head into the Alps with the climb of the biggest mountain on the route, the Col du Glibber.

Stage 16: Le Puy-en-Velay / Romans-sur-Isère

During the 16th stage of the Tour de France, the wind blew and caused more than a bit of disruption at the end.

Stage 15: Laissac-Sévérac-l’Eglise

Today’s episode of The Cycling Podcast starts in the car, as journalists Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau drive the course of the 15th stage of the Tour de France from Laissac-Sévérac-l’Eglise to Le Puy-en-Velay.

Stage 14: Blagnac / Rodez

There was a significant twist at the end because Fabio Aru, who was left without support from his Astana team-mates, lost time and the yellow jersey to Chris Froome. It was a surprising finish because today was not expected to be a critical one for the overall favourites.

Stage 13: Saint-Girons / Foix

The shortest stage of the 2017 Tour de France was just 101 kilometres but it packed a punch. There were attacks from the moment the race left the neutralised zone.

Stage 12: Pau / Peyragudes

Stage 12 of the Tour de France from Pau to Peyragudes was slow to get going but after Team Sky dominated all day in the Pyrenees, riding strongly in support of Chris Froome, their leader faltered when it really mattered on the steep final ramp to the line.

Stage 11: Eymet / Pau

In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau review stage 11, which was a flat and fairly predictable run south from Eymet to Pau.

Stage 10: Périgueux / Bergerac

After the drama of Sunday’s mountain stage to Chambéry came the rest day and then a stage that could almost be described as a rest day on bikes.

Stage 9 : Nantua / Chambéry

An amazing, incident-filled day on the Tour de France saw two of the top five riders crash out and Chris Froome call on the unwritten rule that no one should attack the yellow jersey when he has a mechanical problem to keep his grip on the race lead.

Stage 8: Dole / Station des Rousses

A fast, aggressive eighth stage of the Tour de France may not have shaken up the general classification too much but the toll will certainly tell on the riders. It was hot, fast and, at times, brutal racing that many may pay the price for in the coming days – perhaps as early as tomorrow’s stage over the mountains to Chambray.

Stage 7: Troyes / Nuits-Saint-Georges

One of the closest finishes in Tour de France history meant that the winner could not be determined by the naked eye or even the finish line photograph. Instead, the jury had to look at enhanced pictures to give the victory to Marcel Kittel, by a margin of just six milimetres over Edvald Boasson Hagen.

Stage 6: Vesoul / Troyes

On Thursday the Tour de France returned to the flatlands after the mountains of the previous day, with the sprinters doing battle again in Troyes. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Francois Thomazeau of The Cycling Podcast discuss the day’s main talking points, and we get reaction from Jack Bauer of Quick Step Floors and Marc Sergeant, the man in charge of the Lotto-Soudal team.

Stage 5: Vittel / La Planche des Belles Filles

The first mountain-top finish of the 2017 Tour de France offered a few clues as to who is going to contend for the final yellow jersey of the race but La Planche des Belles Filles did not provide the big sort we have seen on the climb in the Vosges in the past.

Stage 4: Mondorf-les-Bains / Vittel

A long, slow day on the Tour de France ended in drama, disappointment and disqualification in Vittel.

Stage 3: Verviers / Longwy

Peter Sagan’s victory at the top of the hill in Longwy was not a surprise, but the manner of it was exceptional. The world champion seemed to toy with his rivals on the climb, closing down a move by Richie Porte, then teasing Greg Van Avermaet and still having enough to win the race even after pulling his foot out of his pedal and calmly clicking it back in again.

Stage 2: Dusseldorf / Liege

Stage two of the Tour de France took the riders from Germany into Belgium, where Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Francois Thomazeau convene to discuss the action and main talking points, from chaotic bunch sprints to controversial skinsuits.

Stage 1: Düsseldorf / Düsseldorf

The rain fell as the Tour de France got underway in Düsseldorf but Geraint Thomas of Team Sky powered through the drizzle to win his first Grand Tour stage and take the yellow jersey.

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